Satanism, Black Magic, Voodoo: Leo Martello, 1972

martello 1972Excerpt from Satanism, Black Magic, Voodoo: Leo Martello, 1972; Interview with Anton LaVey.

Leo Martello:

Most devil-worshippers and so-called Satanists are really reverse or perverse Judaeo-Christians.  Does this apply to you?  If not, why not?

Anton LaVey:

What’s wrong if most Satanists are perverse Christians?  After all, it was Christianity that perverted pagan beliefs.  Every time a Christian engages in religious observances, he is performing a Black Mass in the truest sense, i.e. he is participating in a rite which is, down to its very implements, a mockery, a parody of once-established sacred ceremonies.  In this regard the Satanist’s blasphemies are no worse than the Christians’.

Perversion, like good and evil, is relative.  To a tribesman who goes about in a loincloth, a tuxedo would be a perversity.  There are many Satanists who have no quarrel with Christianity, recognizing it as merely an obsolete but once-necessary means to control masses of people who, without the kind of fear engendered by such a religion, would be harder to control.  This is an aspect of Satanism I could discuss for hours, had I the time.

I suppose I’m as much a pervert as the next Satanist when it comes to taking delight in violating sacred cows whose only right to existence reposes in their popularity.  If Satanism were a fad and everyone flocked to it, I have no doubt that I would soon question the sincerity of many who would appear on the scene as “long-time Satanists”.  Most people are perfectly willing to be “perverse” when it is fashionable, as is proven by today’s social climate.  At least the perverse Satanist has directed his perversity towards an ideal target!  Ideally one takes up Satanism out of logic rather than desperation; hence there is little chance that a person who has failed miserably in all his undertakings will suddenly find success after making his “pact” with the Devil. 


Logic is often divided into three parts: inductive reasoning, abductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning. [Wiki]

In my opinion, If one has arrived at a Satanic logical deduction , then reactive Satanism would fall under desperation.  The very idea of a reverse or perverse Christian is an attempt to rationalize Blasphemers, who at their very core are still very much believers that have become desperate when their expectations haven’t been met.  Trading teams  is just a way to stick it to the man that didn’t deliver.

Pacts with the Devil are just a form of self-applied delusion. Not in a belief in the Supernatural but rather that making promises and signing contracts is an actual Oath of dedication.  Let’s face it, if you want something bad enough you sure as shit don’t need to jot it down and seal it in blood.  Your blood, sweat and tears are already paid in actual efforts.  That’s what separates the ordinary from extraordinary.

Identifying this force (Power) as Satanic isn’t necessary, you recognize it without giving it the Devil’s name.  The would-be Devil’s Disciples can keep reading, parroting and try to convince their artificial companions that they’ve got it handled; I know better.   How many books and/or forum posts do you think it takes to figure this shit out?  If you haven’t got it yet, you never will.

Sin jones

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Living the code

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Each person sets their own code by which they live by.  The trouble usually starts when the rest of the world doesn’t adhere to it.

Living by the code can often be a source of frustration and rebellion.  It may lead one to rebel, for rebellion’s sake.  It’s in the code.  This is when pride becomes counter-productive, but especially if the person that suffers the most is YOU.

You can become an angry and bitter person if you cannot or rather will not accept the nature of our species.

The condition of being human is that we are flawed.  We often have flawed reasoning, logic and the bi-product is irrationality and emotionality.

Living by the code may be the source of your own alienation, alien among the species simply because you view the world from behind Lucifer’s Lens.

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” – Confucius

Will you become Jaded, or will you bend like the reed?

In order to spiral upward, we must first spiral inward.  Self-reflection is the mirror that we care most to avoid, isn’t it?  

Why is it so difficult to see ourselves for what we are?

Are we ashamed of our condition?  Are we to deny our nature and thus pretend we are not the ravenous creature staring back?

We each have needs, and wants; we are starved for them.  Do we really want the misery of our daily toils?  To be free of our mortal coil?

Then why, I ask...Do we spend so much time seeking it?

Why can’t we see ourselves in the moment, the very instance that we set it in motion and step back to prevent our demise?

Causality, in our complete totality.

Instead we seem to prefer fuel the flame that burns within our very souls charring us to brimstone and ash.  How delicious the taste of iron in our mouths must be!  It must be, instead of the pleasures of the ambrosia meant for gods!

Tell the tall tales of your pain, rather than gazing into the mirror to see the path behind you.  What rolls ahead is certainly within your power; however the Will of the true self is shackled within a dream.

Oh we beautiful dreamers!

Be honest with yourself for once in your miserable lives and admit that it’s easier to imagine it than it is to accomplish it!

The code by which you live is just another rigid dogma to hold in your hand like a rod you stir the embers with.

By rod and by staff, live by it…But don’t presume to think that you are fooling, you are living the Fool.

You want others to adhere to your code,

you need it.

You try to live with honor and the code guides you,

even if it’s into utter oblivion!

You stand at the event horizon,

Living the code.

Sin Jones

Critical Thinking: What the hell is it?

Some people think they are critical thinkers but they are just deluding themselves.  There’s nothing critical about the way they think, they just follow along the popular opinion or the spoon-fed “reality” they believe they are a part of.  So what gives?

Why do they believe they are critical about social issues?  Often times, they are part of the problem.  They need a swift kick in the head, but they won’t respond well to it if it’s too brass.  They need it all sparkly and shiny, pretty and well packaged.  On occasion, you might be able to present an idea from a direction they never saw coming.  The wheel starts turning, and the hamster that’s running the damn thing has been resuscitated.

But watch out for that little zombie, it has a tendency to play dead really well.  Critical thinking doesn’t always stick, and the Free Thinkers of this world are often coming up with new ways to get people out of the herd.

I’m extremely Socratic in my methods, but who the hell wants to be bombarded with a bunch of questions all the time?  People stop listening when they become annoyed, so it’s not enough to ask the right questions that seek answers.  You can play the Devil’s Advocate without being a nuisance.

Critical Thinking has been developed over a couple of thousand years, and involves being intellectually disciplined.  It’s not enough to ask questions, you have to evaluate information from a variety of sources.  It may be personal observation and experience, or receiving information to be examined closely.  It also requires that you reflect on all of this input, and constantly develop your reasoning to discern it.   Even then, you’re far from finished.  It helps to contrast and compare your conclusions about it with others.  Outside perspective is a great way to develop checks and balances for your self.  In fact, you can transcend your own conclusions which clarify it, determine relevance, and determine its depth.

Which brings me to another matter: Objectivity.  How can we subjective beings be objective about anything?  This usually means we are being fair about the breadth of said information.  This may involve setting our own feelings, experiences and observations aside for a moment to avoid making correlations that simply aren’t there.  It’s not as easy as it sounds.  People in general, are reactive.  Then you have cause and effect playing a role in our reasoning.

Say for example a person is being accused of a crime that is sexual in nature.  Some sort of sexual assault.  If you were to serve on a jury, and had a sexual abuse in your past, can you be objective about the evidence presented in the case?  The accusation alone doesn’t prove guilt, each person is innocent until proven guilty by the prosecutor’s case.  Right?  More and more people are being convicted based on circumstantial evidence, if the litigator can paint the right circumstances to ‘win’ the case, then it is up to the critical thinking jurors to determine if there’s a reasonable amount of doubt to maintain a person’s innocence.  In a perfect world…  Sadly, jurors are often chosen because of their subjectivity for the Prosecutor’s case, the Defense team is then tasked with finding enough Objective people to give his client a fair trial. Each person hold’s another’s life in their hands when the serve in these ‘Jury by Peers’ cases.  Some people don’t care enough to be objective.  They just want their jury duty over and done with.  Some, can’t think critically and so they make their decisions based on their subjective experiences and observations in the courtroom.  How then can the evidence be examined properly to discern guilt or innocence?

 

This is merely one example, but I’m sure you can see the importance here of becoming a critical thinker yourself.  Even more so if you were the person that stood accused.  You’d have to come up with some pretty awesome strategy to counter the ‘Peer Group’ chosen for you but especially in the absence of critical thinkers among them.

Learning Critical Thinking takes personal dedication and discipline.  It also takes self-awareness.  If a person holds an opinion that YOU are wrong about something, rather than attempting to prove you are RIGHT, maybe you can hear them out and determine what they think you are wrong about.  That’s your start-up data.  From there, you can address each point a person presents against you.

 

Learning HOW to Learn, is pinnacle in your own thinking skills.  The Basic Education system has done a number on ability.  The currents of curriculum in Advanced Education aren’t much better. You may need to revel against your own programming to learn new ways to learn.

If you don’t think it’s important enough to invest in yourself, I question your value as a person.  How valuable are you?  If you can answer this without batting an eyelash, you aren’t thinking.  You are reacting.  Apply Critical Thinking and it may take you a bit longer to answer the question, but most of all you may make a self-realization in that process.

 

Good luck.  You’re going to need it!

 

Don’t believe in luck?  Then BE OF THE DEVIL!